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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.



John Andrews, force behind the Eastern Trail, dies at 79

Published online by the Portland Press Herald, 2/24/2017 | by Melanie Creamer, Staff Writer

The director of the Eastern Trail Alliance says that without Andrews' efforts, the 65-mile trail from Kittery to South Portland wouldn't exist.


Eastern Trail extension picks up momentum

By RYDER SCHUMACHER, Journal Tribune Staff Writer, Published 2/15/17

YORK COUNTY —Bikers and hikers of York County may have a new trail to traverse in another year, as actions to extend the Eastern Trail in York County have picked up momentum.


Eastern Trail Alliance closing gap in funding, Scarborough

By Melanie Sochan, published on February 9, 2017

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance is just under $600,000 away from starting a 1.6-mile Close the Gap project.

The alliance has already raised more than $3.2 million towards the $3.8 million project, closing in on the funding needed to make the proposal a reality. The funding must be in place before construction can begin. Alliance representatives said construction won’t begin until 2018.


Town & Country donates to trail fund

Published in the Scarborough Leader, Community News, 2/3/2107

Town & Country Federal Credit Union announced that it will make the largest philanthropic gift in credit union history to the Eastern Trail Alliance’s Close the Gap campaign.


Eastern Trail Alliance’s fundraising goal is in sight

The group is closing in on a financial target to construct a difficult portion of an envisioned 64-mile path.

[The following article, by Deirdre Fleming, Staff Writer of the Portland Press Herald, gives great exposure to the ETA's current Close the Gap campaign]

SCARBOROUGH — The Eastern Trail Alliance announced Tuesday that it is close to a fundraising goal that would allow the trail to run 16 miles uninterrupted from Bug Light in South Portland to Saco.

The alliance needs just over $600,000 to complete a $3.8 million capital campaign that would allow for construction of a difficult section of the trail that spans a railroad track and the Nonesuch River.\


Eastern Trail users celebrate extension of off-road path

The ambitious Eastern Trail project will add another key component next year, as work begins on a 1.6 mile section to connect South Portland and Scarborough.

By Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

SCARBOROUGH — While the first frigid gusts of winter swept across the Scarborough Marsh last week, Janice Cohen had warmer thoughts as she walked her black Labrador, Abe, along the Eastern Trail. When Cohen learned the trail would be extended, she stopped to envision the impact.


7 Scenic End-of-Summer Bike Rides

By Sarra Sedghi |  August 31, 2016  |  12:30pm | Photos: Tom Hilton/Flickr and Kenneth Casper/Flickr

Maine's Eastern Trail, a segment of the ever-growing East Coast Greenway, runs from Portland to Kennebunk and currently exists in three stretches connected by on-road cycling routes. Along the way, you'll see passing sailboats, scenes from downtown Portland, remains of the Eastern Railroad and Scarborough Marsh's wildlife.


Letter to the editor: Help fund work to eliminate last big gap in Eastern Trail

Close the Gap Latest News

Portland Press Herald, Letters, Posted August 26, 2016

It’s summer on the coast of Maine, and there’s no better time of year to appreciate the value of the Eastern Trail.

For those who aren’t already frequent users, the Eastern Trail system traverses 65 miles between Kittery and South Portland. It’s part of the larger East Coast Greenway that aims to connect Maine to Florida – a trail project that has been in the national headlines recently, including features by Conde Nast and the Huffington Post.


Local Businesses Donate Hydration Station to Eastern Trail

This article, written by Saco City Planner Bob Hamblen, appeared August 2016 in the City of Saco's "Pepperrell Post" newsletter

Walkers, bicyclists and runners using the Eastern Trail in Saco have one more reason to get out and enjoy the trail: a new water fountain and water bottle fill-up station has been installed on the trail just off Mill Brook Road.


The East Coast Greenway Will Be a 3,000-Mile Bike Trail From Maine to Florida

Conde Nash Traveler | Written by Sebastian Modak |   July 25, 2016

It's like the Appalachian Trail for bikes.

It's been under discussion since the early 1990s, so you'd be forgiven for thinking the East Coast Greenway—a nearly 3,000-mile paved bike trail that would extend from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida—is nothing but a pipe dream. But the non-profit organization behind the initiative, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), has been busy as of late, as it's 2016-2020 strategic plan shows an uptick in funding from community organizations and both federal and local government institutions. (The project depends on local state governments building and maintaining their individual sections.)


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